Just a few of your regular GT technique experts...

SIMONBARNARD Simon is a graduate of ACM and The GuitarInstitute,holdingaMasters degree in music. He teaches, examines and plays everything from rock to jazz.

RICHARDBARRETT One of the most gifted guitarists around Richard has been playing with Tony Hadley for almost 20 years. He’s great in all styles but excels at blues and rock.

JON BISHOP Jonisoneofthosegreatall-rounders who can turn his hand to almost any style. He’s also rock legend Shakin’ Stevens’touringandrecordingguitarist.

MARTIN COOPER A tutor at BIMM Brighton, Martin’s Rock columnsshowanincrediblebreadthof technique and style. His 2006 album State Of The Union is out on iTunes.

CHARLIEGRIFFITHS GuitarInstitutetutorCharliefirstcame tofameinTotalGuitar’sChallenge Charlie series. He’s also guitarist with top UK metal-fusion band Haken.

JAMIEHUNT Jamie is Principal Lecturer at BIMM Bristol. He also leads performance workshops, plays in metal band One Machine and is endorsed by ESP guitars.

PHILHILBORNE TheUK’soriginalmagazineguitartutor, Phil’s something of a legend. A great player, he’s got the Phil Hilborne Band back together so catch them if you can.

ANDYGJONES As well as being Head Of Guitar at LCCM Andy has played with innumerable top musicicans, from Sir Van Morrison and Dr Brian May, to Sir Cliff Richard & more.

JACOB QUISTGAARD Quist has been with GT since 2009. CurrentlyBryanFerry’sguitarist,his YouTube channel is viewed by millions and he creates our monthly jam tracks.

STUARTRYAN Stuart Ryan is great at all styles but best knownforhissuperbacousticwork.He was Head Of Guitar at BIMM Bristol and has many top tuition books to his name.

ANDY SAPHIR Andy graduated with Distinction from the Guitar Institute, taught at ICMP, and is a busy gigging musician who mixes great chops with fabulous feel.

PHILSHORT YoumightrecognisePhilfromwinning InternationalGuitarIdolcompetition. But he also teaches at BIMM in London and is a busy session and touring player.

JOHNWHEATCROFT Aphenomenalguitarist,Johnisa master at all styles but a legend in Gypsy Jazz. His latest album Ensemble Futur is outnowoniTunesandAmazon.

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WELCOME MEMORY IS A funny thing. When I worked for SynthAxe in the mid 80s, myself and a colleague were in charge of our stand at the Summer NAMM Show, in Chicago. What a great experience. One of my favourite US cities, it’s the perfect blend of New York edginess and the laid-back atmosphere of LA. It was high summer and we both felt amazing being somewhere so exciting. Allan Holdsworth was with us all week and he played some incredible stuff both on the stand and on the performance stage. He also explained modes to me (which he didn’t call modes) and showed me how to pour the perfect bottled beer – “You order it with two glasses, pour the bottle into one, then tip that glass into the other, which gets rid of just the right amount of gas.” My colleague and I walked around the city for hours, marvelling a the skyscrapers and traipsing for miles around the shores of Lake Michigan. At the time Chicago had the world’s highest and fourth highest buildings, The Sears and Hancock towers, and we went up both. We had dinner at a famous steakhouse where he, a veggie, had a huge T-bone steak. The word T-bone made us think ‘blues’, and the impact this great city had had on it. So we decided to look up a good blues club. It seemed Buddy Guy’s ‘Legends’ was the place to go. My memory is that we did go, and

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had a great night watching the various musicians play. But the Internet tells me Legends didn’t open until three years after we were there. It finally came back to me that I’d visited Chicago a second time, to see Washburn Guitars. It was on this trip that I went to the club. Mystery solved. I mention Buddy Guy because he heads up our Chicago Blues Giants feature. The article made me think what it must have been like to be in the presence of immensely powerful performers like Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters. Seeing old footage they looked awe-inspiring, almost terrifying. Indeed, the only white guitarist in our round-up, Michael Bloomfield, did see, get inspired by, come to know, and even play with some of these amazing people. Bloomfield did for the blues in America what Clapton, Page and co were doing here, offering a different take on it and, due to

their ethnicity, getting seen and heard by a

far wider audience. While that’s rather uncomfortable to think about now, it

did lead to these new blues fans

learning about Waters, Wolf,

the three Kings, Buddy, Otis Rush (also in our line-up)

and many others. Enjoy Andy Saphir’s brilliant feature, and I’ll see you next month.

Neville Marten, Editor



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